Just Open: MADE by MakMak & Bakedown Cakery, Sydney CBD

A tray of Bakedown Cakery's cupcakes, which span flavours such as lychee raspberry and rose, cookies and cream and ...
A tray of Bakedown Cakery's cupcakes, which span flavours such as lychee raspberry and rose, cookies and cream and pandan and coconut.  Photo: Anthony Johnson

You won't need to worry about a sugar deficiency when hitting Sydney's CBD, as MADE by MakMak & Bakedown Cakery is opening on Wednesday April 27. 

The shop will be located at Gaffa Gallery in a former prison cell, but the desserts guarantee it's a space you'll be more compelled to break into, rather than plot an escape from.

You'll get a double hit of sweets to browse through, with MakMak owners Carlos Heng and Dan Pigott combining their dessert-conquering skills with Jen Lo of Bakedown Cakery for this project. The collaboration also makes sense, given their many strengths - MakMak has solid business experience (Heng and Pigott have opened two macaron retail outlets before) and Lo has incredible social-media savvy (she has 73,500 Instagram followers).

"MakMak and Bakedown have similar philosophies," says Carlos Heng, "so the partnership made immediate sense."
"MakMak and Bakedown have similar philosophies," says Carlos Heng, "so the partnership made immediate sense."  Photo: Anthony Johnson

In store, MakMak will be selling its 36-hour chocolate chip cookies (from $4), dessert 'fingers' in flavours such as Malteser and roasted banana as well as Nutella and salted caramel ($7 each), the full spectrum of macarons, from peach pie to Coke spider ($3.50 each), plus macaron cakes (from $120) with the individual sweets 'sealed' together with glaze and ganache, caramel or buttercream. The strawberry rose & almond praline version is worth loading up with birthday candles.  

Bakedown Cakery will be offering fresh-baked cupcakes in Earl Grey lemon, salted caramel, pandan and coconut and smoky lapsang souchong-infused chocolate ganache ($5.50 each), artisan chocolates by the piece or gift-boxed (from $1.50 each), plus blocks of chocolate hand-painted with cocoa butter in vibrant, Pollock-style drips ($10), with the option of crisp Callebaut pearls as extra adornment. 

And, though Heng and Lo have known each other for a while ("Jen came and did one of our MakMak [macaron] classes in 2014 and we just clicked," says Heng), this project has taken place in hyperspeed. 

"The project has been a bit of a whirlwind," says Lo. "It's still quite hard to believe it's happening."

An assortment of MakMak macarons, which include Coke spider, salted caramel and peanut butter and Belgian milk choc flavours.
An assortment of MakMak macarons, which include Coke spider, salted caramel and peanut butter and Belgian milk choc flavours. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The fit-out also came together in record time, particularly the striking feature wall, which gives the room a rainbow punch.

"Essentially, we hand-painted a Mondrian over a series of late, crazy nights," says Lo. "Appropriate given the building houses an art gallery!" 

And while Heng describes the collaboration as "a meeting of the minds", there will be more sweet-savvy talents involved in MADE by MakMak & Bakedown Cakery. 

The 36-hour choc-chip cookies.
The 36-hour choc-chip cookies. Photo: Anthony Johnson

"It's all under wraps for the moment, but we'll be announcing some exciting projects via social media soon," says Lo. "We're planning to pull in a bunch of dessert creatives from around Australia to keep things interesting, so watch this space."

Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm

Arcade One, Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney, instagram.com/made_syd